Wine Circle

Wine Circle 2022 on NOV 11 at 6pm

The Wine Circle 2022 is a high-end gastronomy and wine event intended for guests to enjoy a unique epicurean experience as they contribute to the LFSF.  All proceeds will benefit the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment, ensuring that an LFSF education will continue to be available to a socioeconomically diverse and vibrant group of students into the future.

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French-Club-Cercle de L'Union, 414 Mason Street, Suite 801, San Francisco

Enjoy the evening by savoring a French 5 course gastronomic dinner cooked by renowned chef Lionel BALBASTRE, and a selection of exceptional wines that will be paired with each meal. 

Following last year's successful first Wine Circle, this event will once again be held in one of the most prestigious clubs of San Francisco: the French Club - Cercle de L'Union, which amateurs of wine and gastronomy in-the-know highly appreciate. 

Raise your paddle, during the Live Auction to bid on a carefully curated wines and support the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment.

We invite you to purchase tickets and register. Note, seating is limited to 60 and is on a first come, first served bases.


The program

6:00 PM  


Hors d’oeuvres and Champagne

7:00 PM 

French 5-course gastronomic dinner with wine pairing. 

Wine Auction

The LFSF Financial Aid Endowment Fund, Paddle Raise

Thank you to Event co-chairs Chris Allexandre, President of the Board & and Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, Trustee

Fayard Winemaking


Withmore than two decades of winemaking expertise, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers producing California varietals with French finesse. He believes in producing wines with an identity, exploiting what makes each one unique. Julien’s wines are a pure expression of their terroir, highlighting the specificities and characteristics of the fruit, vineyard management, soil and climate. He has a track record of building brands both in terms of quality and market presence. 



ENA Wines, Eglantine Chauffour & Alberto Bianchi


ENA stands for "Eglantine & Alberto", also for "Europe & America". We are from Europe and live in America, we make wine on American terroirs with European personalities.

At ENA, we are constantly looking for unique vineyards in the Northern California to translate in vibrant, elegant and complex wines…  ENA wines are made to share our passion, to make you travel in a unique place and time and mostly to be enjoyed, always calling for another sip!  


VSG Chateau Potelle, Jean-Noël Fourmeaux, Owner & Founder, Jean-Noel Matthew Regan, Managing Director

VGS’ moto is “Perfection Without Pretention.” Over the last 35 years, Chateau Potelle has built a solid reputation for its commitment to quality. VGS Chateau Potelle, is known only by those who search for wines that have dimension, subtlety and definitive character. Their assertiveness is all in the layers of nuances, not in the over-ripeness of fruit



Sullivan Rutherford Estate, Juan Pablo Torres Padilla

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Sullivan Rutherford Estate boasts 26 acres of vineyards and lush grounds. Founded in 1972 by Napa Valley wine pioneer James O’Neil Sullivan, Sullivan is a boutique winery acclaimed for producing distinctive Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon over the last 50 years.


Thomas Fogarty Winery, Tommy Fogarty, Jr.

Dr. Thomas Fogarty began planting vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1978. Along with founding winemaker Michael Martella, the winery was established in 1981. Today the Winery is managed by Tom Fogarty Jr. with Nathan Kandler as winegrower. Tom Fogarty Jr. was 10 years old when Chardonnay was first planted on the family's property, and he began helping to install trellis posts in Langley Hill Vineyard. After studying viticulture business in college, he dedicated himself to a decades long career in motorsports before having a family of his own and returning to the winery to run the Fogarty Family business.
Having grown up around wine growing and winemaking, Tom views the estate vineyards as an extension of his family. In his words, I have a brother who was born a little bit before the vineyards, but it basically came right along with all of my siblings. It certainly is the neediest member of the family.


La Cave, Frederick Boelen


Frederick Boelen, owner at La Cave, Director of Business Development at Handwritten wines & Jessup Cellars

Frederick Boelen is the 7th generation wine merchant started in 1883 by George Wheeler in the UK. Growing up in the luxury hospitality industry in Honfleur, France he moved to the US in 2015 and started an extension of his French shops “La Cave” in Napa Valley. Importing and selling exclusive boutique wines direct to consumers.


Browse the Catalog




LA CAVE, Frédérick Boelen

Champagne Guilleminot Pinot Noir


ENA WINES, Eglantine Chauffour & Alberto Bianchi

Pinot Noir 2020



Julien Fayard McGah Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018



J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot 2014

J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016



Thomas Fogarty Winery Langley Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Thomas Fogarty Lexington Wine Co. Gist Ranch Estate ‘Apex’ 2015


VGS CHÂTEAU POTELLE, Jean-Noël Fourmeaux & Matthew Regan

VGS Château Potelle Fourmeaux Chardonnay 2019

VGS GSC Terroir Collection 2019




Reception - Hors d'oeuvres

An assortment of passed Canapé & Tsar Nicoulai Golden Reserve Caviar


1st course:

Tuna Carpaccio, Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula & Olives with Lemon Vinaigrette


2nd Course:

Seared Sea Scallops, Braised Leeks, Classic Beurre-Blanc


Main Course

Veal Medallions Au Poivre, Mushrooms,

Potato Gratin & Haricots-Verts



Selection of the Chef


Yuzu Lemon Tarte


WHEN: NOV 04 at 6 PM

WHERE: 414 Mason Street, Suite 801 in San Francisco.

The LFSF is holding the Wine Circle in a way that is safe for all guests, staff, and venue employees in accordance with guidelines provided by the CDC.



The Wine Circle will benefit the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment.

This Fund was established by the Board of Trustees in 2019. LFSF commits to inclusion and socioeconomic diversity by providing financial aid to students in need.  The General Financial Aid Endowment Fund is established to finance this commitment in the long term.  

Gifts ensure that an LFSF education will continue to be available to a socioeconomically diverse and vibrant group of students into the future.